Review: “Forgotten Royal Women: The King and I”, by Erin Lawless

For my last-but-one Women’s History Month post, I’m so excited to share my review of Erin Lawless’ book Forgotten Royal Women: The King and I, which Pen & Sword Books kindly sent me a copy of to review. A positive in the craziness that the world is going through right now (and I sincerely hope…

Spotlight on Women Writers: Isabel Allende

Today in my Reading Women series for Women’s History Month, I wanted to spotlight a female author that I love and teaches me something completely new with each book I read. Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American feminist author and journalist who has written over twenty books which evoke culture, social justice, politics, personal history and…

Review: “Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837”, edited by Louise Duckling, Sara Reid, Felicity Roberts & Carolyn D. Williams

It seems rather fitting on World Book Day, during Women’s History Month, to post my review of Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837, which was published to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 (WSG). I’d like to thank Pen & Sword Books for gifting me a copy of this wonderful book…

Review: “Sanditon” by Jane Austen & Kate Riordan

This is such a treat of a review for me today – I’m so grateful to Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a copy of Sanditon to read and review to coincide with its release in the US on PBS. Did you catch the first episode on Sunday? I have a confession to make: although…

Review & Book Tour: “There’s Something About Darcy”, by Gabrielle Malcolm

I've been invited to do something a bit different today, which is incredibly exciting: I'm hosting Dr Gabrielle Malcolm's new book, There's Something About Darcy, on my blog for the day as part of her blog book tour! As soon as I heard about Malcolm's book, I knew it was for me - as someone who…

Review: “Jane Austen’s Inspiration: Beloved Friend Anne Lefroy”, by Judith Stove

I’ve been lucky enough to start working with the lovely people at Pen and Sword books in reviewing history books – and could my first choice be anything but Jane Austen themed? Judith Stove’s “Jane Austen’s Inspiration: Beloved Friend Anne Lefroy” looks to Jane’s close friend (and aunt to the famous love interest of Jane’s,…

Walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen in Hampshire

Even though I wax lyrical on every single platform about how much I love Jane Austen, I’ve never visited her house at Chawton or her grave in Winchester Cathedral – until this week. We went on a lovely trip to Hampshire and had a beautiful day (helped by the British sunshine) exploring Jane Austen’s House…